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  #221  
Unread 08-25-2007, 05:21 PM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

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Originally Posted by di_dee1
OMG maria, laundry? Is there a Doctor, friend or relative that can explain to him at all how you do need to rest, and you didn't say if you had a vaginal or abdo hyst, both though do need rest but hernia can be a painful result with the major stomache muscle cut through.

What would happen if you just said no to doing it? That you are following Doctors orders? Are there any books, things you can print out, articles from here, and accidently leave them on his fave desk or chair? (if he was Australian I would suggest on top of his beer in the fridge)

That last bit was to try and make you smile.

I hope so very much that you can find a way to get through to him and I am sending you mental hugs and support.
You may be alone at home with this girl but YOU HAVE US.
Many hugs
Di

Sorry it took so long to get back! I had a TVH. If i had told my husband No....then he would have gotten all cranky and says well....u washed your own underwear....your just being a B!tch and downright sh!tty. so i had no choice after that comment! then i fell over the cat i was so tired...she was tangled up in an extension cord that i had been asking my DH for 3 months to fix but wouldnt. He's got to the point now he leaves his dirty laundry laying all over the bathroom/bedroom floor so i end up having to pick it up!! I've printed off the Allowed/Not Allowed list so hopefully that will make him realise that what he's making me do is just wrong, that i'm delaying the healing process by doing what he wants when he wants it done!

My inlaws were great when i first came home from the castle, but now that i'm in my own house they never call to check on me.....so looks like i am on my own....My DH never calls during his lunch break and he's his own boss....whats wrong with this picture???
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  #222  
Unread 08-25-2007, 07:02 PM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

Hello Ladies...it's been awhile since my last post and was just browsing how everyone is doing...Looks like some are doing great, some are on the winding road to recovery and still yet some who for some reason or another were given the rough route to recovery.

Tracyd...my heart goes out to you. I've been wallering in my own self-pity...although in small spurts (mostly while i'm on the potty), but listening to your ordeal put my recovery into perspective. I am sending a prayer up with your name on it. I truly hope that things begin looking up for you soon. Recovery has such a large spectrum of experiences...just as there are those who have went out and mowed the grass or went back to work after a week or so, there must be a balance to that spectrum and unfortunate as it is there must be someone to bear that burden. I am sooo sorry that it is you. With all that is going on with you I am lifted by your compassion for your "sisters", inquiring about their health and giving support for them. To answer your inquiry about me, yes, I am still catheterizing myself. I've given reports to my dr. on both mondays following my surgery...apparently he is not concerned...I wonder if I'll be getting a discount on the services since the product is somewhat flawed? I'm quite discouraged. What I can pee on my own is improving slightly...but nowhere near the light at the end of the tunnerl. To think of all the things in life that we take for granted...peeing. Who would've thunk it?

NSM216, you said that you are now living in So. ILL...what part...my DH is from Murphysboro and we have alot of friends in Carbondale as well.

Moushiel...you asked if anyone else drove before they were released...when my dr. discharged me all he said about driving is that I could when I felt I was ready but not if I had pain pills. I had made it clear that I would need to be driving 5 or 6 days after surgery to take my kids to and from school...so I've been driving everyday since post-op day 6, 30 minutes round trip 2x/day. I took my DS to the dr last week 1.5 hrs round trip and I was dead on my feet afterward (we also spent an hour at the dr. office, so total outing was 2.5 hrs.)

I just hope that everyone pays attention to their body and listen to what it says...and then take it with a grain of salt. Best Wishes to everyone...keep up the good progress.

Lis
  #223  
Unread 08-25-2007, 08:36 PM
urinary concerns

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Originally Posted by lil'ol'me
Hello Ladies...it's been awhile since my last post and was just browsing how everyone is doing...Looks like some are doing great, some are on the winding road to recovery and still yet some who for some reason or another were given the rough route to recovery.

Tracyd...my heart goes out to you. I've been wallering in my own self-pity...although in small spurts (mostly while i'm on the potty), but listening to your ordeal put my recovery into perspective. I am sending a prayer up with your name on it. I truly hope that things begin looking up for you soon. Recovery has such a large spectrum of experiences...just as there are those who have went out and mowed the grass or went back to work after a week or so, there must be a balance to that spectrum and unfortunate as it is there must be someone to bear that burden. I am sooo sorry that it is you. With all that is going on with you I am lifted by your compassion for your "sisters", inquiring about their health and giving support for them. To answer your inquiry about me, yes, I am still catheterizing myself. I've given reports to my dr. on both mondays following my surgery...apparently he is not concerned...I wonder if I'll be getting a discount on the services since the product is somewhat flawed? I'm quite discouraged. What I can pee on my own is improving slightly...but nowhere near the light at the end of the tunnerl. To think of all the things in life that we take for granted...peeing. Who would've thunk it?

NSM216, you said that you are now living in So. ILL...what part...my DH is from Murphysboro and we have alot of friends in Carbondale as well.

Moushiel...you asked if anyone else drove before they were released...when my dr. discharged me all he said about driving is that I could when I felt I was ready but not if I had pain pills. I had made it clear that I would need to be driving 5 or 6 days after surgery to take my kids to and from school...so I've been driving everyday since post-op day 6, 30 minutes round trip 2x/day. I took my DS to the dr last week 1.5 hrs round trip and I was dead on my feet afterward (we also spent an hour at the dr. office, so total outing was 2.5 hrs.)

I just hope that everyone pays attention to their body and listen to what it says...and then take it with a grain of salt. Best Wishes to everyone...keep up the good progress.

Lis

Dear Lis,

I live in Mount Vernon, IL. and my DH has grown children that live in Marion. My step-DD is a practicing attorney in Carbondale.

My thoughts and prayers go out to you with the urinary issues. I have always had problems in that area but decided against the surgery at this time. My uterus had tilted and fallen so far that it was pressing on my bladder. I was diagnosed with stress incontinence and my gynecologist wanted to do the TVT surgery when he did the hysterectomy (TLH/BSO). On the advice of my step-DD, I declined. My step-DD said to wait until after I healed from this surgery and decide on the repairs at a later date. (she also said to have a specialist do the future surgery if needed) I also thought that without the extra pressure on my bladder, my stress incontinence might improve.

Please keep in contact with your doctor about the urinary issues. I can't imagine what you are going through. The doctor should be following up on this at least weekly to see your progress. What kind of surgery did you have? Is there a timeline for your surgery recovery?

God bless,

Noreen
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  #224  
Unread 08-25-2007, 08:45 PM
Bladder repair

  Quote:
Originally Posted by lil'ol'me
Hello Ladies...it's been awhile since my last post and was just browsing how everyone is doing...Looks like some are doing great, some are on the winding road to recovery and still yet some who for some reason or another were given the rough route to recovery.

Tracyd...my heart goes out to you. I've been wallering in my own self-pity...although in small spurts (mostly while i'm on the potty), but listening to your ordeal put my recovery into perspective. I am sending a prayer up with your name on it. I truly hope that things begin looking up for you soon. Recovery has such a large spectrum of experiences...just as there are those who have went out and mowed the grass or went back to work after a week or so, there must be a balance to that spectrum and unfortunate as it is there must be someone to bear that burden. I am sooo sorry that it is you. With all that is going on with you I am lifted by your compassion for your "sisters", inquiring about their health and giving support for them. To answer your inquiry about me, yes, I am still catheterizing myself. I've given reports to my dr. on both mondays following my surgery...apparently he is not concerned...I wonder if I'll be getting a discount on the services since the product is somewhat flawed? I'm quite discouraged. What I can pee on my own is improving slightly...but nowhere near the light at the end of the tunnerl. To think of all the things in life that we take for granted...peeing. Who would've thunk it?

NSM216, you said that you are now living in So. ILL...what part...my DH is from Murphysboro and we have alot of friends in Carbondale as well.

Moushiel...you asked if anyone else drove before they were released...when my dr. discharged me all he said about driving is that I could when I felt I was ready but not if I had pain pills. I had made it clear that I would need to be driving 5 or 6 days after surgery to take my kids to and from school...so I've been driving everyday since post-op day 6, 30 minutes round trip 2x/day. I took my DS to the dr last week 1.5 hrs round trip and I was dead on my feet afterward (we also spent an hour at the dr. office, so total outing was 2.5 hrs.)

I just hope that everyone pays attention to their body and listen to what it says...and then take it with a grain of salt. Best Wishes to everyone...keep up the good progress.

Lis

I just saw that you had a bladder repair and can't pee. What kind of repair did you have? I had major repair done in the form of a "basket" of mesh under my bladder and mesh on top of my bladder. I guess my bladder is pretty much encased in mesh. It also had to be put back where it belonged, it had prolapsed with my uterus. I couldn't pee and had to come home from the hospital with a catheter, but removed it 3 days later. I can pee now, it just takes a while. I hope your bladder works for you soon, that must be a pain! And you are right, it's the little things we take for granted!! Btw, my bladder repair was done by a urologist working with my gyno. Was yours done by the urologist?
  #225  
Unread 08-26-2007, 06:18 AM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

Hi again.

NSM...I've called the dr. on both mondays following the surgery to keep him posted...will probably call tomorrow as well. I'm thinking that I'll call a urologist soon.

Based on my experience I think that it's smart that you chose to wait and will have a specialist do yours if need be. From what I gather, my situation is not unique, but definitely not the norm.

I meet my MIL quite a bit at the McDs on the interstate in Mt.V when were exchanging my boys...they visited with her several times over the summer...probably will go see her again for the DuQuoin St. Fair next weekend.

bkjjrd6...I'm not totally versed in my bladder repair...it's a TOT...trans-obsure taping...which the nurse explained is that the "tape" extends across the bottom of the bladder and is affixed at both sides.

I feel for you having so many repairs, but am quite envious that you recovered so quickly.

Being the naive person that I apperently am when I asked my doctor if I should have a urologist perform the urinary part of the surgery he said that he does those as well. I consented. You have no idea how many times I have kicked myself for not having pursued the urologist...

Hope all is well with all of the wonderful ladies here this morning.

Lis
  #226  
Unread 08-26-2007, 06:33 AM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

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Originally Posted by nsm216
Just because we look "good" is no reason to compromise your health. I start out ok in the AM and just seem to get more and more tired as the day progresses. I would not attend any meetings or go back to work until after the 6 week checkup! I didn't drive before I was authorized and now just drive around town (not a 45 minute trip). My doctor approved the driving at my 1 1/2 week checkup (but limited driving).

I think that Jack088 has shown us that we have to take care of ourselves. We know our restrictions and need to follow them "to the letter" until everything is healed!

Noreen
You ladies are absolutely right, I am learning to take the time to re-adjust to the new me. I tire pretty easily, although today I am on Long Island, we brought my Mom home yesterday. I took a two hour nap when I got here. I am not a napper. My boss calls me every day at home, but as soon as I feel my blood pressure rising I tell him I have to go. I also am going to say out of work for the full 6-8 weeks. Dr. recommends, and why would I pay him for his services if I'm not going to follow his directions. Happy healing ladies.
  #227  
Unread 08-26-2007, 07:08 AM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

Ohio - Go Buckeyes!, "Older (hysterectomy) ladies, Ryukyu Islands, "Episcipalian-ish" priests and tired people...hello all! It was interesting to read through this last thread.

I'm 46 years old and I don't really think my age it's the "factor" in me being tired after the hysterectomy. I think I'm just tired because of what I've been through. We've been through a lot and I've read that we'll have our ups and downs...my surgery was 8 Aug and I felt great, but today...WOW, rough day of being incredibly exhausted!

Also, I think it has a lot to do with how active we are/were prior to surgery. Plus we all have different bodies that heal at different rates. I could go for a jog today, but that would be "dumb" on my part! I could do it, but I'd definately be sorry! I think the key is respecting ourselves enough to allow the time to heal. I think it's miraculous that our bodies can heal after all this anyhow...our bodies are so amazing and a "gift" and we only have one. Take care ladies...

I considered going back to work this week. My doctor gave me 28 days off. I was off a week when I felt like I could go sit at my computer, but you know, hysterectomies aren't a new surgery and I decided that if the doc said I needed 28 days, he should know. I read on this site that one of the things you shouldn't do is go to work because "they'll think you're healed enough to go back" - My doc was shocked at how great I looked the day after surgery...that was after a night of Morphine and nausea medicine...in the morning, sure, I looked "swell"...looks aren't everything because inside is what counts. That's where all the healing is going on. I would not want my work calling me and bugging me at home. That would put me on edge.

Yes, Okinawa is part of Ryukyu Islands! Jack088 you asked if my husband is in the Marines. He's retired Air Force.

To the Priest(ess)...Good for you! That's something I've always been interested in!

Hope you're all feeling well today.
  #228  
Unread 08-26-2007, 07:20 AM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

Tracyd -
Aw girl. Sorry to hear about your wounds. Thankfully your home health care nurses are doing a good job for you. That is frustrating when you should be getting better and then something goes awry. Hope you're feeling better. Keep us updated on how you're coming along. May you be blessed today!
  #229  
Unread 08-26-2007, 07:52 AM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

The past week has been fairly good for me. From the posts of others, it sounds like I am pretty much "in the middle" of the pack regarding recovery. I drove for the first time earlier this week, just a very short (3 minute) trip to the grocery. It felt liberating to get out of the house, but I was also wiped out after the trip. I am still too scared to get on the highway, tho. I do a walk around the neighborhood every morning after my shower. I am taking Advil during the day, and a Vicodin at bedtime. I still have some pain, mostly on the left side, at the top of my leg. I definitely do better during the morning, and start the slow slide downhill around 2:00 every afternoon. The swelly belly usually starts kicking in around this time as well. I have my second post-op visit this Wed. Hugs to those of you experiencing problems with recovery.
  #230  
Unread 08-26-2007, 09:17 AM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

I've definitely learned that doing too much is not good. After Friday's fiasco with the breakdown on the motorway and jumping on and off tow trucks, I have also been completely wiped out for the last day and a half. Anyone feel really dizzy when they stand up? Apart from my dog standing on my stomach last night everything else seems to be okay. Have a good Sunday!
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